As noted in recent UBS Warburg research, average loan size in subprime home-equity pools, both fixed- and floating-rate, increased substantially in 2001, up 25.2% to $91,836 from $73,339 on the fixed-rate side, and up 23.6% to $143,686 from $116,259 on the floating-rate side, according to Warburg's numbers.

Merrill Lynch also shows an increase in loan size in home-equity pools, though closer to 15% year-over-year.

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